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Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz

Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz

Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz
Birth date: 
September 30, 1980

Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz born September 30, 1980 is a Cuban boxer who won the gold medal at the2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics in the bantamweight (54 kg) division. He is a seven-time (2000–06) Cuban national champion at bantamweight, and currently claims an amateur record of nearly 475 fights with twelve losses; the last of these losses being to Rencise Perez and Bekzat Sattarkhanovin 1998, Waldemar Font in 1999, and most recently against Aghasi Mammadov in 2003. After Rigondeaux's defection in 2009 he turnedprofessional,[Video 1] where he remains undefeated and is the current WBA, WBO and The Ring magazine super bantamweight world champion, whilst the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board recognizes him as the junior featherweight world champion.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest amateur fighters of all time, Rigondeaux has been lauded by boxing trainer Freddie Roach as being: "Probably the greatest talent I've ever seen" A documentary on Rigondeaux is in the works by filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler.


Defeated Moez Zemzeni (Tunisia) KO 1
Defeated Kazumasa Tsujimoto (Japan) RSC 3
Defeated Agasi Agaguloglu (Turkey) 14-5
Defeated Clarence Vinson (United States) 18-6
Defeated Raimkul Malakhbekov (Russia) 18-12


Round of 32: Defeated Liu Yuan of China – PTS (21-7)
Round of 16: Defeated Mehar Ullah of Pakistan – RSC 3
Quarterfinals: Defeated Gennady Kovalev of Russia – PTS (20-5)
Semifinals: Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov of Uzbekistan – PTS (27-13)
Gold Medal Match: Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand – PTS (22-13)

Other amateur achievements

2000 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
2001 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
2001 World amateur champion - bantamweight (in Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Defeated Kazumasa Tsujimoto (Japan) RSC 2
Defeated Reidar Walstad (Norway) RSC 2
Defeated Artur Mikaelian (Greece) 24-8
Defeated Sergey Danilchenko (Ukraine) 15-6
Defeated Aghasi Mammadov (Turkey) 30-24

2002 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
2002 World Cup champion - bantamweight (in Astana, Kazakhstan)

Defeated Justin Kane (Australia) RSC 1
Defeated Keren Gurgen (Turkey) RSC 1
Defeated Chotipat Wongprates (Thailand) 13-2
Defeated Toljen Kanatov (Kazkhstan) 7-6

2003 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
2003 competed as a bantamweight at World championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Results were:

Defeated Andrzej Liczik (Poland) 15-1
Lost to Aghasi Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 13-16

2003 Bantamweight gold medalist at Pan-American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Defeated Argenis Mendez (Dominican Republic) 17-2
Defeated Alexander Espinoza (Venezuela) RSC 2
Defeated Andrew Kooner (Canada) 22-2
Defeated Abner Mares (Mexico) 17-7

2004 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
2005 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
2005 World amateur champion at bantamweight in competition held in Mianyang, PR China

Defeated Vladislav Sokolov (Latvia) RTD 2
Defeated Ougonchulun Batkhuu (Mongolia) RSC
Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov (Uzbekistan) RSC 3
Defeated Ali Hallab (France) 37-23
Defeated Rustamhodza Rahimov (Germany) 19-9

2005 Bantamweight gold medalist at World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom (Thailand) 34-16
Defeated Zsolt Bedák (Romania) 28-11
Defeated Murat Aiyrmasov (Kazakhstan) 34-7
Defeated Maksim Khalikov (Russia) 37-21

2006 Cuban national amateur champion
2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Central American Games in Cartagena, Colombia

Defeated Juan Velasquez (Puerto Rico) 10-1
Defeated Jhonatan Romero (Colombia) walk-over
Defeated Arturo Santos Reyes (Mexico) 14-3

2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Nations Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan

Defeated Mirzhan Rakhimzhanov (Kazakhstan) 28-10
Defeated Rau'shee Warren (United States) 21-17
Defeated Elshad Guliyev (Azerbaijan) walk-over
Defeated Ali Aliyev (Russia) RSC 3


On July 22, 2007, Rigondeaux and teammate Erislandy Lara failed to appear for their scheduled bouts at the Pan American Games in Brazil. It was initially announced that Rigondeaux was to turn professional, joining fellow 2004 Cuban Olympians Odlanier Solis, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy, who defected earlier in 2007. As with the other Cuban defectors, Rigondeaux signed a promotional deal with Ahmet Oener and ARENA Box-Promotion. However on August 2, Rigondeaux and Lara were taken into police custody in Brazil, stating that they wanted to return home to Cuba. Then Cuban leader Fidel Castro has stated that Rigondeaux and Lara will not box again for the Cuban team. In February 2009, Rigondeaux defected again via Mexico City toMiami, and signed with Arena Box-Promotion.

On February 23, 2009, Rigondeaux was announced to have defected along with 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson, Yordanis Despaigne and Yuniel Dorticos and is now in Miami and is managed by Irish man Gary Hyde. He will be training in the same gym as Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandi Lara and Odlanier Solis. and will continue his career as a professional once he completes all the residency requirements. He left behind his wife Farah Colina, a 7 year old son and a 17 year old stepson in Cuba. He is also reportedly staying in the home of countryman and featherweight contender Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Rigondeaux won his professional debut on May 22 with a third-round TKO over Juan Noriega in Miami.[13] Although he did not maintain a busy punch volume, Rigondeaux still landed hard shots. Noriega barely countered Rigondeaux's punches and the referee found the opportunity to stop the fight after Rigondeaux connected with a solid right to the head. On July 17 he won his second pro fight against Robert Guillen by first round knock out. Rigondeaux wasn't active but he hit Guillen with a great hard counter punch to the body which left him rolling on the canvas in pain.

On September 18, Rigondeaux beat Giovanni Andrade by 3rd round TKO to win the NABA Super Bantamweight title, dropping Andrade once in each of rounds two and three.

On December 16, 2009 Rigondeaux won a Unanimous Decision over Lante Addy in 8 rounds, dropping Addy once in round one.

On February 5, 2010, Rigondeaux scored a 1st round Knockout against Adolfo Landeros, dropping Landeros with a hard left uppercut to the body.

Rigondeaux then signed a three-year contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank in July 2010. He is also co-promoted by Boris Arencibia's Caribe Promotions.

The Ricardo Cordoba fight was on the HBO televised undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito WBC Light Middleweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, in front of 70,000 people. This was the biggest fight in Rigondeaux's career to date. Rigondeaux knocked Cordoba down in the 4th with a body shot, but was judged to be knocked down in turn in the 6th, in what appeared to be a slip. Despite appearing to win clearly, the fight was judged a split decision, with Rigondeaux the victor and becoming a world champion in his 8th bout (though interim) winning the WBA Super Bantamweight title.

The fight against Willie Casey was live on RTE (Ireland) at the City West Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland on the 19th of March 2011. This was Rigondeaux's first defense of his WBA Interim Title. A sweeping left uppercut in the opening round caught Casey flush and sent him back on his rear causing his glove to touch the mat at 1:45. He was up immediately and received a mandatory eight-count. A combination capped with a left hook sent Casey falling across the ring and down at 2:19. He was able to make it to his feet but was visibly wobbled. A follow-up barrage sent Casey stumbling forward. At that, the referee stepped in and waved an end to the bout.

Rigondeaux won the "full" WBA World Super Bantamweight title by knocking out champion and Ring No. 2 ranked Super Bantamweight Rico Ramos in the 6th round. Rigondeaux controlled the opening round against a tentative Ramos. He quickly moved into range and fired the left hand both to the body and upstairs. A straight left hand caught Ramos against the ropes and sent him down at 2:24 of the opening round. He was up quickly and received a mandatory eight-count. Rigondeaux attacked but Ramos gathered himself and finished the round. Output waned in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds both fighters looked for countering opportunities with neither seeming overly willing to open up. An accidental clash of heads opened a small cut on the outside of Ramos's left eyebrow near the end of Round 4. Rigondeaux was warned in Round 6 for pulling down the back of Ramos's head. Immediately after the warning, Rigondeaux came forward with a barrage and landed a clean left hand to the body that sent Ramos to the mat grimacing in pain. He remained down on his back as the referee reached the count of ten.

Rigondeaux has been trained under Ismael Salas after working with Freddie Roach, Alejandro "Pupi" Torre and Ronnie Shields, and has worked out with Jorge Rubio at his Xtreme Gym in Hialeah, Florida for Teon Kennedy fight.[  DJ Montanocordoba has served as his physical conditioner.

Despite Rigondeaux and his camp's great efforts to make a fight with any of the other 122 pound champions, they have been dodged by the other champions such as Nonito Donaire, Toshiaki Nishioka, Jeffrey Mathebula and Abner Mares. Rigondeaux told "They are cowards". That was why Rigondeaux said thanks to Teon Kennedy for being there at the pre-fight press conference and fought against him on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Rigondeaux knew the split decision victory against Ricardo Cordoba did not please the HBO people, and learned from it the importance of aggressiveness. From the standpoint of promotion, the second appearance on HBO was crucial to him. He did not want to make the same mistake as he did two years ago.[19] Rigondeaux impressively stopped Kennedy in the 5th round after knocking him down five times all with his left cross, leading Kennedy to say "He just hits you with punches that you can't see". He has differentiated from the Cordoba fight. Now that he realized that he needed to not only win a fight but also entertain, his promoter Bob Arum stated that Rigondeaux could one day face Nonito Donaire, Jorge Arce, or Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr.

He fought against Roberto Marroquin on the undercard of the Sergio Martínez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr. at the Thomas & Mack Center on September 15, 2012. It was a relatively easy night for Rigondeaux, who outworked and outlanded Marroquin and seemed to just cruise through the fight. Rigondeaux gave his young opponent the first knockdown of his career in the 5th round and scored another knockdown in the 12th round. The judges scored the bout:118-108, 118-108 and 118-109, all three in favour of Rigondeaux who retained his WBA title by unanimous decision.

Rigondeaux fought Nonito Donaire at Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013 to defend his WBA title and for Donaire's WBO and The Ring titles. Rigondeaux has left his trainer Jorge Rubio in order to start training with his former amateur trainer Pedro Diaz for this fight. Donaire came into the fight as the pound-for-pound No. 5 fighter in the world.

Rigondeaux defeated Donaire by unanimous decision with the scores of 114–113, 115–112, and 116–111, though the fight was considered much wider than the judges scorecards indicated.]Rigondeaux frustrated Donaire early and often with his quick lead right hook, and left hand. Rigondeaux would continue to land the cleaner punches and dip out of range from Donaire for the first nine rounds of the fight. In the 10th round, while Rigondeaux attempted to clinch with Donaire, he was pushed off and caught with a straight left hand from Donaire, sending him to the canvas. Rigondeaux appeared to hurt Donaire with a straight left early in the 12th round, when Donaire covered up a severely swollen right eye and began bleeding from his mouth. Rigondeaux ended the round and fight targeting Donaire with his left hand, backing Donaire up.

Rigondeaux out landed and out punched Donaire throughout the fight, winning a clear unanimous decision to unify titles and win The Ring Super Bantamweight title from Donaire. scored it 117–110 in favor of Rigondeaux, and HBO's Harold Lederman had it 118–109 for him.

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